Meet our 2014 Fellows!
Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?
Camilo Jose Vergara is a New York based photographer that has been documenting a number of American cities. His methodology is go back to the same location and take the same photo every couple of years. Through his work you can see how a neighborhood has been transformed over time. Check out his Brooklyn work here.
Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?
Kut-N-Lime, a barbershop near me in Crown Heights. I have been a customer her for the past 6 years. Its owned by two men from St. Nieves and Trinidad; really warm and welcoming vibe. Very West Indian. It’s a place to get a hair cut, or to just hang out. Because the clientele is older it provides a touchstone for two things: a New York that doesn’t really and truly exist anymore, especially in a rapidly transforming neighborhood like Crown Heights; and a Caribbean culture that has been and is being transformed through global culture, politics, and economics. I don’t believe myself to be nostalgic, but I am aware of something being vital represented in the stories, and laughter at Kut-N-Lime and that is harder to find elsewhere.
What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?
This is what New York felt like when I first accidentally moved here.
Somehow I trick myself into feeling this way from time to time.
Truer than not. Encapsulates my complex feeling about my home.